[ Music in Schools ]
Fifth Morse Summer Music Academy begins July 7
On Monday, July 7, the Yale School of Music will welcome eighty-eight young participants to the fifth Morse Summer Music Academy, which will take place July 7–August 1, 2014.
The Morse Summer Music Academy provides free, comprehensive music instruction to New Haven Public School music students. In the intensive, four-week program, each student has a weekly private lesson and takes part in scheduled daily individual practice, ensemble rehearsals, workshops, and master classes. Field trips include museums and galleries as well as the Yale Summer School of Music/Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in northwest Connecticut.
The most significant addition to this year’s Morse Academy programming is a series of chamber music pop-up concerts at Yale locations like the Peabody Museum, Yale University Art Gallery, and Cross Campus. These concerts will take place every Thursday and Friday afternoon during the program—July 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, and 31—starting at 1:00pm. The public is welcome to attend these afternoon concerts, as well as the more formal evening concerts in Sprague Hall on Monday and Wednesday evenings—July 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, and 30—at 6:00pm. All concerts are free to attend. (Cost of museum admission still applies.)
Through these activities, the program nurtures and develops creativity, musicianship, and musical leadership in students who are passionate about music. Parental involvement and continuing musical opportunities throughout the school year are hallmarks of the program.
The program is open for application to all NHPS students in grades 5–11 who play piano, guitar, woodwind, brass, string, and percussion instruments. All instruction is given by NHPS music teachers, Yale School of Music graduate students and alumni, as well as faculty from the Yale School of Music.
The Morse Summer Music Academy is made possible through a generous endowment established by Enid and Lester Morse (Yale College ’51), and is offered free of charge to New Haven Public School students. The first Academy took place in summer 2010 with participants from 10 schools.